Omega Red by Sean Chen 2006
     This is how you do it.  Omega Red is shooting a tentacle at the viewer.  He looks angry and ready to mess with anyone who gets in his way.
     Sean Chen was in the same area as Buzz, and Bernard Chang.  He was very nice and super professional.
     This sketch was commissioned as well.  After I asked him to do Omega Red, he paused for a moment to think about what he looked like.
     He drew this from memory with no references.
It's a great drawing of a fierce OMEGA RED.
Thanks Sean Chen!!!

     This sketch was a commission sketch.  Bernard Chang did an awesome sketch of Deadpool for my buddy.  He pointed out Bernard and I asked if he could draw Colossus.  He said yes, but seemed unsure about it.  
     I walked away for a bit and came back about 45 minutes later, giving him time to do his thing.
      I returned, and it was done.  He handed it to me and I remember thinking it was okay.  He didn't seem as he loved it either.
     There is nothing bad about it and now I blame myself.  Colossus is hard to draw and doesn't have a lot of distinguishing features.  
     I love Colossus and I really like the sketch.  It just doesn't jump out like some of the others do.  I hate to be a downer but, it's how i feel.
Thanks Bernard!

The Joker by Tommy Castillo 2006
     Tommy Castillo has done some pretty sweet stuff on BATMAN.  The Joker is one of those rare awesome characters at DC.
     The white highlights really add to the image.  When he was done, Tommy looked at it with admiration.
     "That's not bad.  I kind of like that.  Hey man, would you mind emailing that to me?"
     I thought that was cool.  I scanned it and emailed it to the address on his website but, it wouldn't go through.
     So, Tommy, if you are able to see this, you're right ... it's a great piece!
Thanks Tommy Castillo!!!

Savage Dragon by Erik Larsen 2006
     Walking through the twists and turns of aisles, I came upon Erik Larsen.  He was doing sketches of Savage Dragon.
     I asked him if he was drawing anything other than Savage Dragon as I wasn't too familiar with that character.
     He said, "No but, if I was, what would you ask me for?"
     I drew a blank.  I remember my friend telling me  that he drew Spider-Man in the 90's.
     I said, "Spider-Man" excitedly, as if I was a fan of his run.  He gave me a look that said, "Ugh.  So predictable.  Here's your Savage Dragon.  get outta here."
     (He was very nice and in no way do I intend to portray him like a jerk.  It was just a vibe I got from a look.)
     This sketch is awesome and feels historic to me.
Thanks Erik Larsen

     Some how I found myself standing in line at the Image area.  Eric Basaldua was doing sketches.  I had no idea who he was but stood in line anyway.  
     He was doing a sketch of a scary monster.  Image Comics puts out some really cool horror stuff and lets their artists kind of go all out.
     'E-Bass', as people were calling him also drew some pretty sweet werewolves.
     I am a huge fan of Marvel's 1970's monsters including 'Werewolf By Night'.  
     When I was the next guy in line, I told him it was nice to meet him and asked if he would do a sketch of Jack Russel aka Werewolf by Night.
     "I don't know who that is.", he said.  What? Surely, you must be joking?  I assumed all comic artists knew more than me about everything comics.
     I tried to explain and knew it wasn't going to happen.  I said, "um ... How about the Hulk?"
     He looked at me like, 'Dude.  You know I draw for Image, right?'  But, he sharpened his pencil and busted out a gorgeous sketch.
     The Hulk looks angry and super strong.  I love it!
Thanks Eric!

     This is definitely one of the more threatening sketches in my book.  I think I was near a Marvel booth when I got this but, I can't remember.
     I talked to Jon Malin and he was a cool dude.  He did this sketch upon request straight out of his memory.  No reference.
     This is one of the only sketches that fills up the entire page.  I can't thank Jon enough for the kindness he expressed by drawing this awesome villain.
Thanks Jon Malin!

     I misplaced the artists name ...  story soon to follow

     The prospect of getting original art in my sketchbook was still very new to me.  I wandered 'Artist's Alley' meeting as many people as I could.
     I met this guy named Tom Hodges and I noticed his credentials included working on many STAR WARS projects.
     I commissioned this sketch of Darth Vader.  I love it that he added the light saber.  The reflections on the helmet are sweet!  He's one of the toughest villains and I have him captured here, in my book.
Thanks Tom!

     This is quite possibly the most annoying page in my book ...  It's become an autograph page.
     I saw Tim Bradstreet a few times.  I really wanted to try and ge a sketch from him.  His Punisher covers were HUGE at the time.  I was a huge fan.  I don't love the slick hair Steven Segal type Punisher, but I like Bradstreet's style a lot
    He was mobbed and could't do a sketch but instead wrote his name and drew a little Punisher skull.  I vowed that one day I would get him do do a Punisher sketch and somehow incorporate the little skull.  never happened ...
     Cut to: Sand Diego 2010
Brian Bendis and Olivier Coipel are doing a signing.  I stood in line for 2 hrs hoping to get a sketch and Olivier Coipel wouldn't.  I understand him not doing it but, I was mad at Marvel.
     DC is very good at cons by letting the fans know what's going on.  They will let you know who is sketching or signing with signs and polite employees.
     Marvel's meet and greet are poorly organized.   They think everyone is interested in the movie props but that stuff is lame.  Marvel needs to do a better job of letting the fans know if the artist is doing sketches.
     The other autograph is Kurt Busiek.  I thought he was someone else and got red faced when he said he doesn't draw.  I had him sign this page.  I may add more signatures to it in the future.  I don't know.  A very forgettable page.

Sketch by Benjamin Ilka
     This was from another guy who was doing his own thing.  His comic was called A Boy and His Shadow and is published by Mad Sea Dog.
     I bought his comic and he did a sketch of the main character for me.
Thanks Benjamin Ilka!